I have an Asus N56VJ and removed the CD drive and put in an additional SSD.
The SSD is recognized under Windows 8 and working.
I tried the following to install Win7 on the SSD (I don't want Win8 at all):
Install Win7 via Computer -> CD startup. The installer tells me that I can't install on my SSD because of this:
Windows cannot be installed on this hard drive. The partition is a microsoft reserved (msr) partition. If I ignore this, the installer does something but when rebooting I get an ugly error about some damaged/missing file and problems with booting...
I tried around various things and I get my external USB CD drive two times in my bootup list. If I take the
UEFIthese two bars show up telling me that Windows is copying files (black/white screen). Then the Windows 7 startscreen shows up but freezes with an ugly grapfical error.
Taking the not-UEFI CD drive (its the same) I end up in the installer menu. But there I'm forced to select a missing USB driver. I found some posts telling me to switch the USB ports from the drive but nothing worked... So I can proceed here as well.
Furthermore the SSD is not a option for booting like I wrote here...
Does anyone has an idea left what I could try?